Chobham Rugby Club

IZZY Fisher began playing rugby at Chobham when she was just five years old.

Now 21, she has returned to the club as chairman of women’s and girls’ rugby – a role she is taking over from her mother.

Chobham chairman of women’s and girls’ rugby Izzy Fisher

“I know the ins and outs from Mum having done it for six years, so it makes sense to pass it on,” she said.

“The really good thing about Chobham is that they’ve had a massive shake-up. There’s new people here, there and everywhere.

“They’re particularly keen on the younger generation coming through and giving their views, and I’m younger, so that’s why I was approached.”

It helps that Fisher is not only a RFU Level 2 qualified coach, but also part of the 1st XV squad at Wasps Ladies, who play in the country’s top tier of women’s rugby, the Tyrrells Premier 15s.

During her time there she has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in women’s rugby – and she feels these experiences have been hugely beneficial.

Fisher said: “It’s hard work, but the RFU funding has been immense in terms of helping to keep up with the internationals.

“At Wasps, Danielle Waterman and Harriet Millar-Mills have been amazing as mentors. The knowledge they have and the technical detail has been awesome to listen to.

“In my first season we played against Heather Fisher – she was on SAS: Who Dares Wins on TV and is an absolute beast – and I remember she just handed me off and ran straight through me. That was an eye-opener and a privilege at the same time.”

As she settles into her new role at Chobham, she has one chief focus.

“Recruitment is definitely the biggest priority,” she said.

“This year we’ll have three squads – under-13s, under-15s and under-18s – which will be brilliant. It’s something we haven’t done for a very long time, so our main goal to start off with is to field three sides.

“Girls’ rugby is on the up and this is the best time to get girls to come to the club and just give it a go.”

Chobham girls begin their season in mid-September.

For the full interview, get the 15 August edition of the News & Mail

CHOBHAM are hoping to banish the ghosts of last season’s relegation – and have issued a statement of intent to their London Two South West rivals.

The villagers suffered a dismal 2018-19 league campaign, finishing second bottom of London One South with only four wins from 26 outings.

New Chobham head coach Billy Davison.

But there have been changes galore at Fowlers Wells this summer, not least the appointment of a big-name head coach.

Fifty-year-old Billy Davison, an ex-England A forward, has joined Chobham as 1st XV boss.

Davison played at lock for Harlequins and Saracens in the Premiership. He also turned out for Esher, Rosslyn Park and Sheffield, and appeared overseas for Natal (South Africa) and Hawkes Bay (New Zealand).

Zambia-born Davison was  awarded a testimonial season by Quins for 2003-04. He coaches in Harlequins’ Development Player Programme, and is director of sport at Shrewsbury House School in Surbiton.

Chobham began pre-season training last week. Sessions take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Fowlers Wells, and are open to everyone.

Chobham’s redesigned kit.

Davison said: “The support I have received from the Chobham faithful has been amazing.

“I am looking forward to supporting all the players as we look forward to a great season.”

Chobham will also wear a new kit during 2019-20.

Mike Vandenberg, the club’s commercial manager, said: “The new strip nods back to the old days. It is a contemporary version of our first, more than 50 years ago.

“With so many changes at the club, it was a good time to change the strip. We had played in the previous design for 10 years.”

To express your interest in becoming a shirt sponsor, call Vandenberg on 07774 120665  or send an email to sponsorship@chobham-rugby.co.uk.

For the full story get the 11 July edition of the News & Mail